We used to reopen for the season at Valentines, but after several iced-in Februarys, we decided to wait till March and beautiful Springtime weather! Well…grab your snow-chains and come to Eureka! We have plenty of warm, EMPTY cabins!
Eureka Springs is an Art town all-year long, but May is special. Every day this month, every where, you will have the opportunity to experience the creativity that flows through not just the 200 or more self-proclaimed artists who live here, but through common citizens as well.
Your humble innkeeper, for example, will be dancing down Spring Street on Saturday, May 11th. You’ve gotta love a town where a 50+ lady can show her belly in public and get cheers and applause!
Here are photos from last year’s parade (taken by Richard Quick):
For a complete schedule of this year’s May Festival Events, please visit http://eurekaspringsfestivalofthearts.com/
This weekend, 4/19 – 21, twenty-five chainsaw wood carvers are coming to town, including two national champions. The event is not just for men; one of the carvers this year is Sylvia Cook from East Tennessee.
Each carver brings two logs, 5-feet long by 2-feet in diameter. At 8:00 a.m. on Friday, they enter their netting-enclosed shelters and start their chainsaws. On Saturday at 4:00p.m. their carvings are auctioned off, with awards going to the top three prices.
Part of the proceeds from the auction goes to a local charity. This years, it’s the Eureka Springs Youth Sports Association.
Entry for the event is free, as is parking. Ear protection isn’t necessary – it’s not that noisy.
Here are photos from 2012:
We locals contend that almost any day can seem like Halloween in our little town, since our citizens often appear in “costume” year-round. And we don’t need much reason to celebrate – every day is a potential holiday!
That said, the residents of Eureka Springs take Halloween seriously. What follows are just some examples of the wonderful decorations you’ll find in our neighborhoods.
Bluegrass lovers can look forward to 3 full days of music and fun, starting with FREE music in Basin Spring Park (downtown) on Friday evening. The traditional Watermelon Social at 5:30pm – with free watermelon and ice water for all – features Tulsa-based string band Grass Crack followed by the HillBenders.
On Saturday, FREE music will entertain you again in Basin Park from 1:00pm to 7:00pm with Deadman Flats, Spring Street, the Buffalo City Ramblers, and Grass Crack back for a return set.
Saturday night’s headliners are both rising stars of the “NewGrass” movement. Florida-based Dread Clampitt’s influences range from bluegrass, rock & roll, blues, jazz and Louisiana Bayou funk, complete with three-part harmonies and a pinch of southern humor thrown in for good measure. Folk Soul Revival is a harmony drenched, rowdy, Americana band from the Appalachian mountains. The performances begin at 7:30pm at The Auditorium, located at 36 South Main Street. Reserved tickets are now on sale at www.theaud.org. Advance tickets are $20 Orchestra and $15 Balcony.
FREE music in Basin Spring Park continues on Sunday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Glory Mountain and The Bushwhackers close out the weekend with traditional Gospel music.
Quigley’s Castle is a castle in the “man’s home is his castle” sense of the term, not in the Buckingham Palace sense. Actually, it’s a woman’s home, namely Elise Quigley, who started collecting rocks, shells, and crystals from hillsides and creek beds as a 9-year-old girl. The mother of 5 eventually used her finds as building materials. The result is unique, beautiful and whimsical and yes, a little strange…and well worth a visit.
Photos were taken by my cousin, Ilaria Rattaro, from Genova Italy. The inside of the house is fascinating, but we’re only including shots of the grounds and exterior. For more information, please click the link on our Activities page.
If you want to get up-close and personal with wild animals, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place to spend a couple of hours. On May 5th, the refuge will celebrate 20 years of “provid(ing) lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected “Big Cats” with emphasis on Tigers, Lions, Leopards, and Cougars” – as stated in their mission statement.
We visited Turpentine last week and were so impressed by the natural habitats that continue to be built to give the cats more space and freedom of movement. Meanwhile, several of the cats are in cages which allow for their close observation – which is particularly interesting during feeding time!
Each cat has its story, and most will break your heart! But thanks to the dedicated folks at Turpentine Creek, all of them have happy endings. (You can find a link to Turpentine’s web site on our Activities page. Each cat has a name but I didn’t take notes during the tour. Photos were taken by our cousin, Ilaria Rattaro of Genova, Italy.)